Alleged lab hackers apprehended

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By Associated Press


Federal prosecutors in Oklahoma have indicted two men they say conspired to hack into computer systems at more than 30 public and private organizations, including the Los Alamos National Laboratory, the U.S. Navy and the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office in Tulsa said Nicholas Knight, 27, of Chantilly, Virginia, and Daniel Krueger, 20, of Salem, Illinois, conspired with others in a group called Team Digi7al to breach computer security. The group’s apparent goal was stealing identities and damaging computers. Court records don’t list attorneys for either man.

A lab spokesman said the breach was quickly discovered.

“The laboratory frequently experiences aggressive and large-scale cyber attack and has the ability to counter these attacks and protect sensitive information,” the lab said in a statement. 

“According to court documents, the men charged in the Oklahoma case, or their accomplices, allegedly attempted to hack into the Laboratory network, but were quickly discovered and denied access.”

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